NLL Entry Draft: Hello, My Name Is … Jeremy Thompson

Jeremy Thompson has been a legitimate NLL prospect for several years. (Photo: Inside Lacrosse)
Jeremy Thompson has been a legitimate NLL prospect for several years. (Photo: Inside Lacrosse)

Listing Jeremy Thompson’s lacrosse accomplishments is a task in itself, and any lacrosse gear nut would love to feast his or her eyes on this guy’s collection of jerseys and sweaters. It started at LaFayette High School with two New York State Championships in 2003 and 2005. Thompson has since been a member of the Six Nations Arrows Express, the Akwesasne Indians and the now-non-existent St. Regis Indians Major Series squad. He played for the Iroquois Nationals in 2006 and was invited to play for the team again in 2010 before the passport debacle.

And it just never seems to end for the young man from the Onondaga Nation, who spent his first summer of Major League Lacrosse with the Hamilton Nationals.

Two years at Onondaga Community College returned two JUCO championships to him and brother Jerome Jr., with two All-America plaques to go with those trophies in 2007 and 2009. Two more years at Syracuse University produced two additional All-America honors for Thompson.

And though he didn’t win the big one with Syracuse, he did follow up each of his two seasons there with back-to-back Presidents Cup championships, first with the Onondaga Redhawks of the Can-Am league in 2010 and just recently with the sparkling new St. Regis Braves team of the Three Nations Lacrosse League. Thompson was named MVP of the 2010 cup after a 15-goal, 18-assist tear through the tournament. This past season, he contributed 10 goals and 19 assists in 8 regular-season contests before finishing the title run with 8 goals and 12 assists.

Thompson had already proven prior to the consecutive Cup victories that he’s got the brass to play box at the highest levels. He started playing Junior A in 2004 when he was 17, joining Six Nations and putting up 5 goals and 6 assists in the playoffs. He came back two summers later, totaling 21 goals and 11 assists in helping the Arrows reach the Minto Cup finals.

Suiting up for the Akwesasne Indians in 2007, Thompson became one of the best in the loop, racking up 20 goals and 27 assists in the regular season, earning a First-Team All-Star nod. He scored 18 times and assisted on 28 goals the next summer, collecting 44 loose balls and winning 19 of 31 draws in his last Junior A season. He played in just six games with the Senior A Indians in 2009, but scored 8 times and added 2 helpers.

You can almost see him developing into a Jeff Shattler kind of player in his professional career, as a guy able to spark transition. But he’s very slick offensively, and indicates forward is his title of choice. He likely could have entered the league several years ago, when there were grumblings of team interest at a time it was still uncertain whether or not Thompson would attend Syracuse. But he silenced the doubters and completed his dream of enrolling on the Hill and playing for the Orange. He wrapped up his Division I career with 33 goals, 20 assists, 83 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers. He won 139 of 257 draws for a 54.1% clip.

He moves up the floor quickly and can dodge through traffic. The guy is athletic, skilled, plays smart and he doesn’t seem to let anything bother him. Thompson has drawn praise from teammates and coaches throughout his career. One notable member of the Syracuse coaching staff says Jeremy is the next Oren Lyons, possibly taking on a major leadership role in the Iroquois Confederacy down the line.

Thompson takes his community and his spirituality seriously, and that seems to translate into a maturity and confidence on the floor. His sense of pride and respect for the game could be what has helped him achieve so much in the sport.

Jeremy Thompson

Height: 5-11
Weight: 194
Position: Forward
Shoots: Right
From: Onondaga Nation/Syracuse University
Junior A or box experience: Junior A with Six Nations Arrows, Akwesasne Indians; Senior A with St. Regis Indians; Senior B with Onondaga Redhawks, St. Regis Braves

What do you feel your greatest asset is that would allow you to translate your game to the NLL?
Getting the ball up the floor, I can dodge, and I can get others open.

One word to describe your game?
You name it.

What role/position do you see yourself playing in the NLL?
Scoring goals and playing wherever needed.

What current or former NLLer would you most closely compare or model your game after?
The Creator

Your greatest accomplishments during your lacrosse career?
Getting MVP in my high school state championship game in 2005. All-World Team in 2003 in the U-19 World Games. MVP of the 2010 Presidents Cup.

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